Opal Apple Tart With Puff Pastry, Goat Cheese and Honey
A perfect appetizer or dessert for any fall gathering, these Opal Apple Tarts with puff pastry, goat cheese, and honey are sweet and savory with a peppery hint of fresh thyme.
Serve these opal apple tarts for Friendsgiving or even Thanksgiving alongside a fall charcuterie board! You can make these ahead of time and serve them at room temperature. These savory and sweet apple tarts are delicious with a crisp white wine like a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.
We chose opal apples for these tarts because of the crisp sweetness of the apples. If you can’t find opal apples, you can substitute them with a Honeycrisp, gala, or fuji apple. this recipe would not work with mealy Red Delicious or even tart Granny Smith, which is really tart.
To elevate the snack, even more, you could layer with caramelized onions. I made one batch with the onions and one batch without and we loved the caramelized onion tarts equally as much! I’ll give the recipe for both in the recipe card below.
How do Opal Apples Taste?
Opal apples are crisp, sweet, juicy with a tart bite. They are absolutely delicious. Opal apples are a hybrid of Golden delicious apples and Topaz apples.
They are non-GMO and grown in
Opal apples were first bred in Prague at the Institute of Experimental Botany in 1999. They grew up in orchards throughout Europe before being introduced in America in 2010.
Today, Opals are grown at Broetje Orchards in Washington state.
What are Opal Apples good for?
They are perfect for eating raw – the crisp, juicy apple doesn’t brown when cut, so it’s the perfect apple for lunchboxes.
I left a few slices of opal apple on the counter overnight to test and found the apple was slightly soft in the morning, but it did not brown, which was surprising!
They are perfect in salads, in slaws, for making apple butter, apple pies, tarts, crisps, and more. Because they are naturally sweet, any recipe using Opal apples will require less sugar than a granny smith apple for example, which is super tart.
Find Opal apples on sale at Safeway – they are available for a limited time.
Ingredients in Opal Apple Tart With Puff Pastry
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- egg wash (1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water)
- 2 ounces goat cheese (I used plain)
- 2 opal apples, cored, thinly sliced
- fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons honey – I used raw wildflower honey
- 1 onion, thinly sliced and caramelized (optional)
How to Make Apple Tart with Puff Pastry
This is an incredibly easy recipe to make, yet has an impressive presentation. Wow, your friends with this easy apple tart that you can literally pull together in under 30 minutes with thawed puff pastry!
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Bring your puff pastry to room temperature. Unfold the pastry and gently roll it out using a rolling pin to remove the fold creases.
Cut the pastry into 9 squares.
Set the squares onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently score the pastry about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the edge with a butter knife, not cutting all the way through.
Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash.
Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese over each pastry square, then top with the thinly sliced apples. Arrange the apples overlapping diagonally over the goat cheese, using 5 – 6 apple slices for each tart.
Brush the apples with honey, then top with fresh thyme leaves.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the pastry puffs up and turns golden brown.
Remove from the oven and drizzle with extra honey just before serving.
Optional Serving Suggestion:
If you want to elevate the tart by including caramelized onions, you will first need to caramelize the sliced onions in a skillet in 2 tablespoons of butter for 30 to 40 minutes. Layer the goat cheese, then the onions and top with apples, honey and thyme.
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- egg wash 1 egg plus 1 teaspoon water
- 2 ounces goat cheese I used plain
- 2 opal apples cored, thinly sliced
- fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons honey - I used raw wildflower honey
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Bring your puff pastry to room temperature. Unfold the pastry and gently roll it out using a rolling pin to remove the fold creases.
- Cut the pastry into 9 squares.
- Set the squares onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently score the pastry about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the edge with a butter knife, not cutting all the way through.
- Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash.
- Spread a teaspoon of goat cheese over each pastry square, then top with the thinly sliced apples. Arrange the apples overlapping diagonally over the goat cheese, using 5 - 6 apple slices for each tart.
- Brush the apples with honey, then top with fresh thyme leaves.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the pastry puffs up and turns golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with extra honey just before serving.
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